Movie review: “Mamma Mia” true to the spirit of the original

The movie “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is a sequel to the well-loved original “Mamma Mia!” a movie based on a musical famous for its songs produced by the popular Swedish pop group ABBA. The soundtrack of the sequel includes classic songs from the previous movie, such as “I Have A Dream,”“Dancing Queen,”and “Mamma Mia,” along with other engaging pieces by ABBA.

Without having seen the first movie or musical, it may be a little difficult to follow the storyline. Therefore, it is recommended to either watch the previous movie or musical, or read a short summary of them online.

As the movie progresses, scenes quickly switch from the past to the present and vice versa, which may be difficult for viewers to follow. However, the transitions between these scenes are done smoothly and creatively, keeping the viewers engaged.

The creative transitions are especially prevalent during many of the musical numbers in the movie — such as when they fade from a scene in Donna’s life to what’s unfolding in the present with her daughter, played again by Amanda Seyfried —  and they are accompanied by the entertaining choreography. Big group numbers include “Waterloo,” with many background dancers and the colorful costumes that fill the screen.

As for the acting and cast,” Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” brings back many of the memorable actors from the first movie, such as Dominic Cooper as Sky, Julie Walters as Rosie, Christine Baranski as Tanya, Stellan Skarsgård as Bill, Pierce Brosnan as Sam, and Colin Firth as Harry.

The cast also includes many new faces in order to portray Donna’s young life. Lily James portrays young Donna as an adventurous soul full of imagination and dreams. She infuses Donna’s character with life and passion.

Other actors who played younger versions of the original characters include Josh Dylan as young Bill, Jeremy Irvine as young Sam, Hugh Skinner as young Harry, Alexa Davies as young Rosie, and Jessica Keenan Wynn as young Tanya.

These actors stay true to the characters of their older counterparts while also displaying the impetuousness of their young lives.